Tuition & Financial Aid
More than $15 million in scholarships awarded last year.
Great news! Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations, plus special federal government appropriations, WGU maintains a robust program of scholarships made available to qualified students.
Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your education goals and improving your career opportunities. It’s part of our investment in the future of our students.
Master Your Future Scholarship
Worth up to $2,500 toward a WGU master's degree!Master Your Future Scholarship
Bright Future Scholarship
For students struggling with the financial impact of COVID-19.Bright Future Scholarship
Back to School Scholarship
Worth up to $2,500 toward any WGU degree program.Back to School Scholarship
Scholarship eligibility and information.
Scholarships are available for new WGU students and returning WGU graduates, depending upon specific eligibility requirements for the particular scholarship. Students are eligible to apply for these scholarships within 90 days of starting a degree program, either before or after.
Recipients will be chosen based upon their academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, and current competency, plus other considerations specific to the individual scholarship.
If a student qualifies for multiple scholarships, the review board will consider each opportunity and select which one to award, if any. WGU employees and their spouses are not eligible.
In honor of Margaret McClure, a champion of the value of higher education in nursing, this scholarship is offered to students who have demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes.
Now that you've looked at scholarships and found one that might apply to you, here's how you apply.
To be considered for any WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student. Complete the admissions application and work with your enrollment counselor to move through the admissions process.
The general application is required for all WGU scholarships, and lets us learn more about you and which scholarships you may be eligible for. To access the application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 1. NOTE: You are eligible to apply for scholarships within 90 days of starting a degree program, either before or after. You must complete the application within 90 days of your intended start date.
Based on what you tell us in Step 2, we’ll let you know which scholarships you might be eligible for. Finish up by reviewing the recommended opportunities and completing the supplemental application for each scholarship you’d like to be considered for. These additional applications need to be submitted within 5 days of submitting the general application.
Common questions about scholarships.
It depends upon the scholarship. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:
- Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
- Answers you give on the scholarship application
- An interview with a scholarship counselor
Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other tests. We encourage you to apply.
WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within 8–10 weeks of receiving your application. In most cases, you will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.
No. Scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.
Yes. You probably should apply for federal financial aid, too. Scholarship awards will only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. It will not hurt your chances to win a scholarship. Here is full information on financial aid.
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